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Of Japan’s Winter and Kerosene Heater

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To maximize the heat at the top, use it to warm some water

Kerosene heater is the most endearing winter necessity in Japan. It’s a pretty common space heating device in homes and shops other than the kotatsu.

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Most common kerosene heater design

Throughout my temple stay in Hida-Takayama and mountain village stay in Gokayama in Japan Alps, multiple kerosene heaters are the primary source of heat indoors where outside temperature ranges from -1°C to -7°C.

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Kerosene heater + kotatsu = Japan winter survival

The Ainokura Way of Grilling

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Grilling in an Ainokura way

Trout from the mountain streams are grilled with salt in skewers over live charcoals in an almost standing position. It’s a local fare in Ainokura, a remote but very lovely mountain village in Gokayama region.

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Tastes really smoky good when cooked that I consumed two sticks

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Fish almost fully-cooked

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